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Another youngster with a chance to shine

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Aug 2014 at 09:09
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If the Sharks run out on Saturday the way they’ve been training all week, then the Kimberley fling could present an opportunity for yet another talented home-grown Sharks Academy boy to make his mark on the Currie Cup.

He may share a name with a Pittsburgh Panthers basketball star, but our Cameron Wright is a slightly more compact individual than his 6-foot-5 namesake and operates at scrum half, rather than guard. The 20-year-old product of Hilton College boasts a good age-group pedigree, having stood out at Craven Week in his standard nine year and been selected regularly for the Sharks under 19s while still in standard nine and Matric.

As a player who is a year older than his school peers, Wright has had to forge his own path through the rugby structures; he wasn’t eligible for Craven Week in Matric and is again not able to play under 19 this year with the rest of his first-year Academy classmates. It’s a testament to his prodigious talent, though, that he tends to get noticed by coaches and get picked for senior teams despite his relative lack of experience. If our prediction is correct, that’s exactly what will happen this weekend if he leapfrogs the older and more experienced Hanco Venter to gain a senior Currie Cup start in his first year out of school.

While it remains to be seen how well he adapts to the demands of senior rugby, Wright is a guy who seems to have it all as a scrumhalf. A strong tactical kicking game should find favour with the “powers that be” in the modern game – i.e. coaches obsessed with 22 exit strategies – but for the purists, it’s probably his pass that will be most welcome. Of course, there are plenty of other things we’d like to see, such as the ability to put a big forward down in the tackle and both the eye and burst of speed to turn a tiny gap into a score under the posts.

Senior rugby isn’t played on schoolboy pitches, though and Wright will know that everything else he has done really counts for nothing on this stage. His pedigree has won him a chance to play – let’s hope he takes that chance and uses it to establish a real reputation as a senior Sharks player.


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